Three U.S. politicians sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats urging him to study the national security threat posed by “deep fakes,” or AI-assisted image and video manipulation, according to this report from The Verge. This is a ominous part of AI that doesn’t get talked about as much as job loss and killer robots, but it’s one that could have a major impact on the coming mid-term elections and future ones.
Given the impact that fake news reports spread on Facebook and Twitter had on the 2016 election, it’s likely that state-sponsored miscreants will use AI to craft images and video that cast political candidates in a negative light. Already, companies like Facebook and Adobe are developing software that can detect images and video that have been altered. As AI technology advances, it seems likely that detecting fake images and video will become a kind of cat-and-mouse game between companies and creators of deep fakes.